12/19/2011

The airport spin again in evidence

Monday 19 December: a bit of snow in Geneva, but the airport spin department minimises the serious effect. However, some people spot the uncomfortable truth.


The article in the Tribune de Genève today, relative to the light snowfall, states that departures from the airport have only been slightly affected, with some being subject to small delays. The actual text is the following :-

Le trafic aérien au départ de GVA n'est toutefois peu perturbé. Quelques petits retards ont été enregistrés à l'aéroport de Genève, suite au déblayement de la piste entre 7h30 et 8h00.

However, the airport web site paints an entirely different picture. Of the 11 departures scheduled before 7am (all aircraft here overnight) the actual delays range from 24 minutes (EZS1343 to Rome, scheduled 6h25, left 6h49) to 2 hours and 5 minutes (EZS1415 to Madrid, scheduled 6h45, left 8h50), 2 hours and 36 minutes (EZS1401 to Barcelona, scheduled 6h40, left 9h16) and 3 hours and 19 minutes (SN2724 to Brussels, scheduled 6h50, left 10h09).I could imagine snow also in Brussels, but Madrid and Barcelona?

It is quite clear that there will be a knock-on effect for the rest of the day, so I think it quite likely that there will be cancelled flights and ones landing or taking off late this evening. Don't forget to close your soundproofed bedroom windows.

I did notice in the commentaries on this TdG article that one correspondent had also spotted this distortion of the truth (I think that he originally called it b*llsh*t, but later removed this most apt description). Someone else had used the real time tracking site flightradar24.com and saw incoming aircraft circling over the Jura (at around 10am). This can be confirmed by the EANS tracking data site.

So does the airport site warn you that there have been serious delays which will impact upon the traffic for the rest of the day? The answer, quite evidently, is a resounding NO! Instead we have a merry Christmas jingle and an animated cartoon (taking up most of my screen: what a waste!) of reindeer (they could be flying at the end of the week!) and aircraft.

It used to be a joke that diplomats (and perhaps Mata Hari spies!) were paid to lie for their country. Could this joke also be applied to spokesmen for our airport?

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